There’s no doubt about it – seniors are important to our community and society as a whole, and they should be celebrated for that. That’s what Seniors’ Week is for! During the first full week of June, Albertans can show appreciation for Alberta’s seniors and all that they contribute to the province by participating in festivities put on by various municipalities.
History of Seniors’ Week
Seniors’ Week began in 1986 to celebrate and recognize the contributions seniors make to enhance the quality of life in Alberta. The province-wide Seniors’ Week was inspired by the vision of Alice Modin. Over 30 years ago, Alice began a campaign to start a seniors’ day in Strathcona County that helped lay the groundwork for the now province-wide Seniors’ Week. Each year, organizations hold events in communities throughout the province to show their support for seniors by declaring Seniors’ Week locally. The week starts with a provincial launch hosted by Seniors and Housing. Communities and organizations continue with the festivities throughout the week.
Seniors’ week is a great way to celebrate seniors in Alberta, but it’s important that we all recognize seniors no matter what time of year it is. Seniors can and should be honoured year round. You can start by visiting nursing homes and chatting with the residents. Use your conversations with seniors to learn from them – trust us, they have a lot to offer! If you enjoy their time, you can even volunteer at a long-term care home.
Celebrate Seniors Week
This year, Seniors’ Week will be held from June 6th to 12th. It has come a long way since it was founded in 1986. Are you looking to celebrate and show appreciation for Alberta’s seniors and all that they contribute to the province? Visit your local municipal or seniors’ organization web pages to see what is happening in your community for Seniors’ Week. Make sure you celebrate seniors year round by visiting and volunteering in long-term care homes. Click here to learn more about Seniors’ Week.